Archive for January, 2011

Dinner Menus: 01/31-02/03

Here are the menus for the week:

BOSTON: Dinner Menu 1.31

MONDAY – Indian


WEDDAY– Italian


NEW YORK: jan31-feb3

MONDAY –  Healthy All American

TUESDAY – Mexican

WEDNESDAY –  Chinese



Boston Dinner Survey: Jan 24-27th

How did we do?

Help us offer you a great dinner, week after week.  To provide the best quality foods for NxJ’ers and repeat favorite menus, please vote and comment on this past week’s dinner options:



NY Dinner Survey: Jan 24-27th

How did we do?

Help us offer you a great dinner, week after week.  To provide the best quality foods for NxJ’ers and repeat favorite menus, please vote and comment on this past week’s dinner options:



Connect with NxJ’ers over Pad Thai

Connect with NxJ’ers over Pad Thai

It is nearing 7:15 PM on a Tuesday night.  NxJ’ers begin to trickle into Mr. Incredibles, bellies growling.  At the long table with his laptop in hand sits Jason Freedman with his fellow FlightCaster group.  He and his team have been dining together ever since they arrived at NxJ.

Says Freedman, “My time here in the NY office is limited.  Soon, we’ll be in SF and forming relationships will be much harder.  So, I see as my top priority in being here to hang out.  And what better time than at dinner.  I also find the very best ideas come out at the dinner table—where there are no cubicle walls or computer screens to separate people.  Most importantly, it’s nice to have a little context on people’s lives beyond Next Jump.  Pass the hot sauce.”

One of the values in dining with people is creating community.  Sitting together not only strengthens bonds but also provides an opportunity to meet new people while enjoying the meal together.  In Boston, NxJ’ers have discovered this idea and have been building relationships ever since.  Over time, this is the sort of culture that strengthens an office.  Says Justin Simmons, “Breaking the proverbial bread has always allowed people from all walks of life to sit together and experience something that is universal. In the Boston office we have really embraced this tradition and turned NxJ dinners into a time where you can get to know people you wouldn’t have otherwise, or just sit back and talk about sports/current events/etc (most recently the hunting skills of John Hilliard’s cat) with your workmates.”

Tomorrow, NYC is trying something brand spanking new for dinner.  Freedman noticed that his small group around meal time led other NxJ’ers to sit and join, too.  As a result, he has proposed a new strategy to get NxJ’ers together.

The table in Mr. Incredibles will become much more inviting.  The middle of the table will have trays of food already there.  The buffet area will also have equivalent trays of food.  Those who come to sit at the Mr. Incredibles Table CAN EAT DINNER RIGHT AWAY AND CUT THE LINE IMMEDIATELY!

Not a problem if you don’t want to sit for dinner.  The line will STILL BE THERE and it is possible to grab your food and eat as you normally would.

Cheers to breaking bread.

Seltzer Adds to Total Water Intake

BRAD BORMAN ASKS: Can you substitute plain seltzer/sparkling water for some of your daily intake of water?

You absolutely can.  Any fluids, including coffee, tea and water-rich fruits, contribute toward daily totals.  No need to follow the eight-glass-per-day rule.  The best way to determine how much fluid you require per day is by weight, activity level and climate.

First, take your weight in pounds and divide by two.  That number is the average number of ounces fluids you require per day.  Since you also lose water through breath and perspiration when you exercise, you want to follow proper hydration guidelines and modify where you see fit:

Hydration Before Exercise

  • Drink about 15-20 fl oz, 2-3 hours before exercise
  • Drink 8-10 fl oz 10-15 min before exercise

Hydration During Exercise

  • Drink 8-10 fl oz every 10-15 min during exercise
  • If exercising longer than 90 minutes, drink 8-10 fl oz of a sports drink every 15 – 30 minutes.

Hydration After Exercise

  • Weigh yourself before and after exercise and replace fluid losses.
  • Drink 20-24 fl oz water for every 1 lb lost.

SOURCE: Exercise and Fluid Replacement. ACSM Position Stand, American College Of Sports Medicine, Medicine and Science In Sports & Exercise, 2007.

You will also lose fluids depending upon the climate you’re in.  When in warmer weather, you will perspire more often and require a greater amount of fluid to replace losses.  Additionally, fluids are lost through urine and bowel movements.  The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies advises men to drink 13 C of fluid/day and women to drink 9 C of fluid/day.

Interesting fact:

  • Drinking 8 cups (C) of water/day burns approximately 100 calories through thermogenesis (the way your body generates heat)

Detailed Dinner Menus: Jan 24 – Jan 27


Dinner Menu 1.24


Dinner Menu 1.24-1.27

DINNER MENUS: Jan 24-Jan 27

Nutrition is about planning.  Plan what you will eat in advance and it becomes easier to feed oneself according to program or health goals.  For this reason, we are posting dinner menus (Boston and NYC) on the Daily Briefing.  Stay tuned for fully detailed menus, as well.  Additionally, stay tuned for surveys so that YOU can help dictate NxJ’s favorite dinner menus.  For now, the cuisine choices of the week are as follows.


Monday – Italian

Tuesday – Indian

Wednesday – Asian Fusion

Thursday – Mediterranean


MON: Health Food/Organic

TUES: Thai

WED: Italian

THURS: Indian